UPPER FREEHOLD — The Monmouth County Park System invites you and your family to visit your beautiful county parks to welcome the gorgeous beginnings of autumn. Planning ahead? The fall edition of the Park System Directory, which includes the complete line-up of autumn recreational programs and events, is currently available at most County parks, as well as online at www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

What Is It? Exhibit

Sunday, September 4 through Friday, December 31 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold

Join the Walnford staff in exploring tools used two centuries ago for industrial, agricultural, and domestic activities at Historic Walnford.

I Know Acorns

Saturday & Sunday, September 4 & 5, 10:00am to 4:30pm

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell

Different types of acorns will be on display; test your knowledge or bring your own to see what type of tree they come from.

Jersey Shore Rose Society 39th Annual Rose Show

Saturday, September 11 from 12:30 to 3:30pm

Deep Cut Gardens, Red Hill Road, Middletown

Free garden and Rose Show tours will be available, as well as consulting Rosarians to answer your questions. Admission is free.

Monarchs: The Royalty of the Butterfly World

Saturday & Sunday, September 11 & 12 from 10:00am to 4:30pm

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell

See how the royal families of butterflies travel throughout their multinational kingdom and make a paper butterfly to take home.

Blacksmith Demonstration

Sunday, September 12 from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel

Come see what the blacksmith is making in his workshop.

 

Music Man Rich Marzec

Saturday, September 18 from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel

Hear history come alive through music as Rich Marzec plays tunes from the turn-of-the-century.

 

Turtles of New Jersey

Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19 from 10:00am to 4:30pm

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell

Learn about the native turtles found at the reservoir.

Bonsai Day

Sunday, September 19 from 12:00 to 4:00pm

Deep Cut Gardens, Red Hill Road, Middletown

Experience this ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions.

 

Cornbread Contest

Sunday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold

Sweet or savory, traditional or trendy, put your best homemade cornbread to the test. Entries will be rated by visitors as well as our select panel of experts.

 

Fiddler on the Porch

Sunday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold

Celebrate autumn while listening to the lively or lilting fiddle tunes performed by Pete Brady.

Great Fall Perennial Plant Swap

Saturday, September 25 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Deep Cut Gardens, Red Hill Road, Middletown

Swap both perennials and houseplants and bring home the same size and number of plants. Sorry, no annuals.

Whose Leaves are Those?

Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26 from 10:00am to 4:30pm

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Georgia Tavern Road, Howell

It’s time for the leaves to change color and fall from their tress. See if you can figure out what trees certain leaves come from.

Harvest Home Festival

Sunday, September 26 from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel

Enjoy an old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s with games, contests, and so much more!

To learn more about these Park System activities, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call the Park System at (732) 842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System is celebrating its golden anniversary of keeping the county green and livable, since the Board of Chosen Freeholders created the first county park in 1960. Today, the Park System has grown to over 30 sites totaling more than 14,500 acres and offers approximately 4,000 recreation programs and activities, making it the perfect place to come outside and play.